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"TIE pilots don't mix up their tactics too much. You see the same maneuvers over and over. Don't get me wrong—they can be effective… but not a lot of variation. Guess it's how they're trained. But over Grail City… they were exuberant. Taking risks I'd never seen them take before."
―Jessika Pava recalls the performance of First Order TIE pilots during the Battle of Grail City[src]

First Order TIE Fighter Pilots or First Order TIE pilots were skilled pilots who served the First Order, hunting down enemy vessels and protecting space around installations and warships in their advanced TIE/fo space superiority fighters.[4] Elite pilots had access to TIE/sf space superiority fighters, two-seater TIE craft equipped with enhanced weaponry and sensor systems.[6]

Because the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War had the various flight academies under the Empire being returned to local institutions, the TIE pilots of the First Order were trained directly within First Order-owned ships, whether it be newly created ships or Imperial survivors of the war. Largely because they could not afford to make an endless supply of pilots,[7] the First Order treated its fighter pilots as important parts of its war machine instead of disposable unlike its predecessor organization, the Galactic Empire. Potential First Order pilots were identified as children and given rigorous training, often within the corridors of warships, then tested ruthlessly throughout their careers to ensure their reflexes, visual acuity and coordination measure up.[4] Due to the nature of their training, many of them have never even set foot on a planet during this time.[8] In addition, the First Order's pilots have a higher life expectancy than their Imperial counterparts largely due to their not having to be burdened with a restrictive galactic budget.[9] In addition, those pilots who demonstrate both exceptional skill and unwavering loyalty are promoted to elite ranks within the various squadrons of the First Order during the Cold War.[10]

Their uniform consisted of a black jumpsuit with a chestplate with life support gear, pauldrons on the shoulders, gauntlets, a belt with a holster for a blaster pistol, boots, and a helmet with goggles and a gas transfer tube to be plugged in to the life support box.[1] The goggles also had an interior viewplate that projected combat data to the pilots.[7] Pilots of the Order included TN-3465,[11] "Quickdraw,"[12] and Major Elrik Vonreg.[3]


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